A few weeks ago my husband mentioned getting a new thermostat that works via wifi and I thought it was just another toy. He mentioned some of the really great features, like the fact that the Nest Thermostat tracks usage and adjusts temperatures on its own based on those findings.
It sounded really great, especially the feature of being able to access the thermostat via iphone or ipad. But really, who needs all of this? I am a simple gal and these crazy toys don’t really interest me.
Or so I thought.
My dear husband decided to bring the Nest home, he was so convinced it would make our lives better and save us a lot of money in the long run. Ok, case argued, and the Nest was allowed in our house.
But the next problem was the installation. As we are not a handy folk, I was nervous about dealing with the wires. That was part of my ambivalence about getting the new thermostat, not to mention our little programmable thermostat was working just fine, except when it decided to ignore my pleas for more heat every once in a while.
The Nest Thermostat Review
Cool, sleek designThe Nest Thermostat is a very sleek piece of electronics. When it’s off, it’s just a round black box sitting on the wall. For an item that ranks #1 in programmable thermostats on Amazon, the Nest Learning Thermostat
is very unassuming. It’s $249.99 with FREE shipping and includes up to $100 rebate offer from your local energy supplier.
I love the fact that this thermostat is so much more energy-efficient than our other, now “old” programmable thermostat that could only program weekdays and weekends in four different time periods. The nest shows a leaf symbol on the screen when you are saving energy. Adjusting the thermostat and seeing that leaf makes me want to keep the temperature at that number, knowing that if I change it and lose the leaf, I am also losing dollars and consuming more energy than I need.
“The Nest Leaf™ appears when you’re saving energy. Changing the temperature just one degree can cut your energy use up to 5%. The Leaf guides you in the right direction.”
The Nest Thermostat also has a function called “Airwave” which allows you to turn off the air conditioning but keep the cool air pumping through the vents on a hot day. It keeps the air cool and fresh without having to run the air conditioning unit continuously. It’s much less expensive to run the fan for the house than the air conditioning unit!
Energy Usage Report
The Nest Thermostat will compile a report with your monthly energy usage and email it to you. It shows you how much energy you used or saved and tips for saving energy in the future.
How to Install Nest Thermostat
I love how the Nest arrives. I am a graphic designer by trade, so packaging always gets me. The Nest arrives with the Thermostat itself, screws and screwdriver, welcome guide, installation guide and trim kit in a cute little box with wrapround label.
It includes a few different mounting options which makes the installation a breeze. Since we need to paint but aren’t prepared to do so for another year, we decided to use the included white trim plate under the thermostat, as seen in the photo here.
Remove your old thermostat, noting the wire colors. Position the plate and Nest Thermostat wiring piece and use the included level (yes, the crazy thing has its own built-in level) to make sure it’s even on the wall. Then use the included screws and cute little screwdriver to attach it to the wall. Once you have done this, you can attach your wires. We’ve had trouble with our wire connections in the past so I was nervous about this part, but of course the Nest Thermostat worked perfectly. It’s designed to work with “95% of 24V heating and cooling systems, including gas, electric, forced air, heat pump, radiant, hot water, solar, and geothermal.”
After you get the wires connected, you simply place the Nest Thermostat cover on top using the prong connector. That’s it. All done!
If you’re comfortable installing a light fixture, you can install Nest yourself. Three out of four people install Nest in 30 minutes or less.
– This, according to the Nest people.
One more really cool option
I almost forgot to talk about the option to put on “Rush Hour” cooling and heating on the Nest. The Nest needs to know what energy supplier you have so it can figure out when it’s going to be an abnormally high energy day, when it’s extremely hot or extremely cold. The Nest will alert you the night before that it’s going to cool or heat your house before the typical “rush hour” when most other people in your area would be heating or cooling. This takes pressure off energy grids and saves YOU money!
The Nest Thermostat has over 700 five-star reviews on Amazon.
Click here to read the reviews on the Nest Thermostat on Amazon.com.
As I mentioned earlier, the Nest Learning Thermostat is $249.99 with FREE shipping and includes up to $100 rebate offer from your local energy supplier. You can also purchase it from Best Buy [HERE].
Check out some other reviews out there:
A thermostat that learns? Three months with the Nest | arstechnica.com
Nest Thermostat Review 2nd Generation – Every consumer electronic device should be this polished | hanselman.com
Nest Learning Thermostat | PCMag.com
Installing Nest in a 100-Year-Old House with Radiator Heating: A Guide/Review | AmbroseLittle.com